If you love makeup, and I’m thinking most of us have a soft spot for it, you probably read about it, see pictorials and maybe watch videos to learn more about application methods. And with such instructions, come certain names and terms which can be quite overwhelming; especially if you’re a beginner.
The charts below highlight the most common terms used when referring to certain areas of the face and the products used:
Temples: Located in between the tail-end of the brows and hairline.
Bronzers and contour colors can be applied to this area and taken up towards the forehead when doing bronze / sun-kissed looks, or to frame the face.
Cheekbones: This is the highest part of the cheeks; starting halfway down the eye, going up towards the top of the ear.
Liquid or powder highlighters can be applied on the cheekbones to draw more light and lift the cheeks upwards for a youthful, glowing appearance.
Cheek Hollow (Hollow of the Cheek): the best way to find the hollows of your cheeks is to suck your cheeks in. You will see a line starting middle of the ear, going down towards the mouth.
Contouring products can be applied to this area to darken up the natural line, to help the cheekbones stand out even more and give the illusion of a slimmer, more structured face.
Apples of the Cheeks: This is the fleshiest, plumpest part of the cheeks. You can easily spot the area when you smile as it protrudes just under the eyes.
Liquid or powder blushes can be applied to the apples of the cheeks, blending the color up towards the contour area to bring color to the face and achieve a seamless finish.
Bridge of the Nose: The very center of the nose, starting in between the brows, going down to the tip of the nose in a straight line.
A straight line of either highlighter, lighter color concealer or foundation is used to give the nose a straighter appearance. Contour colors can also be applied along the sides of the highlighter color, to further shape and slim the nose down if need be.
Cupid’s Bow: It’s the outer line of the lips, right in the center.
Liquid or powder highlighters can be swept over the cupid’s bow to help the natural contour of the lips stand out, and hence giving them a more defined look. Some people also have two prominent lines starting at the cupid’s bow and extending towards the nostrils, which can also be highlighted.
Browbone: Right under the brows where the bone protrudes
Light or shimmery eyeshadows can be used to further highlight this area and make it stand out.
Eyelid: Also referred to as mobile lid, as the name suggests, this is the area covering the eyeball – so to speak :)
Eyeshadows of different shades and finishes – matte or shimmery, can be used depending on the look preferred.
Crease: This is the hollow area between the eyelid and the browbone. Some people have a prominent fold indicating where the crease is, however if you have mono-lids, you can press down on your eyelid gently and the very top of your eyeball is indeed your crease area.
Darker eyeshadow colors can be used to define the crease and shape the eye.
Inner Corner & Outer V: As marked in the picture; these areas are great for further enhancing the eyes. Darker eyeshadows can be used in the Outer V area to give the illusion of deeper set, more dramatic eyes; whilst highlighters or shimmery light eyeshadows can be used on the Inner Corners to open up the eyes and help them sparkle.
Waterline / Inner Rim: This is the inside of the lashline – starting from the tearducts, to the outer corner of the eyes.
Eyeliners or gel liners can be used in the waterline to achieve dramatic looks and also make the color of the eyes stand out.
Lashline: This is the one area I just couldn’t fit into the pictures :) but as the name suggests, it’s the very base of the top and bottom lashes from the inner corner of the eye to the outer corner.
Pencil eyeliners, gel or liquid liners, as well as eyeshadows can be used to line and enhance the eyes. Different thickness and length of lines can also help alter the shape of the eyes, depending on preference.
I hope you all have a fabulous day!! xx